Hope woman gets week in jail for driving drugged with children

Posted Oct. 01, 2013, at 11:11 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 30-year-old Hope woman was sentenced last week to seven days in jail after admitting she drove under the influence of drugs with four young children in her vehicle.

Danielle R. Ward pleaded guilty Thursday in Rockland District Court to driving to endanger, operating under the influence and violating a condition of release.

Ward was arrested on Sept. 7 in Rockport after a Rockport police officer found her vehicle on Route 90 after a call had been made to the county communications center about an erratic vehicle. The officer reported in an affidavit filed in court that he saw the SUV cross both the yellow centerline and the white sideline on Route 90 and nearly hit two mailboxes.

The officer pulled over the vehicle and spoke with the driver. There were four children under 4 years old inside. Ward told officers that she had not been drinking and was not impaired but had been weaving because she was watching the children, according to the police report.

The officer, however, said he determined from field sobriety tests that she was under the influence. Officers waited for a relative to pick up the children, and Ward was then taken to Knox County Jail, where she was given a urine test which indicated she had amphetamines and oxycodone in her system, according to the affidavit.

Ward was sentenced to 180 days in jail with all but seven days suspended, seven years of probation, a three-year license suspension and a $700 fine.

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